Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake

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Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake

All the Mexican flavor without the fat or guilt.  My Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake just might be your new favorite.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

Happy Wednesday everyone!

My love of Mexican food runs deep.  In fact, I could eat variations of it three times a day and want to start over again tomorrow. I’ll basically make up any excuse to eat Mexican food and drink margaritas!

In honor of my favorite food, I thought I’d share a new health-i-fied Mexican dish today.  I’m even busting back out the slow cooker for you.  It may or may not be the last time of the season.  We shall see ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m calling it Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake!  I wanted to add smoky chipotle in the title too…. but alas I decided that was a bit too wordy.  But never fear, it IS smoky and chipotle flavored.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

Why you’ll love this Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake…

The smoky flavor comes from adding a chipotle in adobe sauce!  They are a little spicy so add as much or as little as you can handle.  The flavor is incredible though.

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

My Mexican Quinoa Bake is super versatile.  You can just scoop it out and eat it as a main dish with toppings.

Or you can use it as a taco or burrito filling.

If you are like me use it for breakfast tacos with eggs, a burrito for lunch and Mexican inspired bowl for dinner with avocado and fresh cilantro.

And don’t forget the lime. ๐Ÿ™‚

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

My favorite way is with fresh tomato, green onion, cilantro, AND fresh sliced avocado! I mean how can you go wrong here?

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

The quinoa and beans make a complete protein and the veggies add plenty of healthy benefits.  It has all the good Mexican flavors but without any of the guilt!

Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake / Running in a Skirt

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Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake

A healthy and simple vegetarian Crock Pot dish! Tons of Mexican flavor without the fat.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Crock Pot, Mexican, Vegetarian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 375 kcal


  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 2 1/4 cups high-quality vegetable broth
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat Mexican cheese
  • toppings: sliced avocado, diced tomato, cilantro, lime, green onions


  • In a separate saute pan over medium heat, saute the onion and pepper for 3-5 minutes until tender. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Add everything except the cheese (and toppings) to the Crock Pot and mix. Turn to high and cook for 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours and 15 minutes. Cook just until the quinoa is tender.
  • Fluff the quinoa and then smooth back out the top. Sprinkle with cheese and put the lid back on just until the cheese melts.
  • Serve with any of the toppings!


The chipotle in adobo sauce can be spicy so use cautiously. If you can handle the heat add an additional tablespoon or two of the smoky sauce!


Calories: 375kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 22gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 1138mgPotassium: 829mgFiber: 12gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1077IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 563mgIron: 4mg
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Your turn!

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

By | 2021-01-20T12:37:35-05:00 February 5th, 2020|All Vegetarian, Crock Pot Meals, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Meals|45 Comments


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  5. Angela Campos February 6, 2020 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    This looks so amazing! I love making dinner in my crockpot during the winter months, can’t wait to try this recipe!!!

  6. Abby Langer February 5, 2020 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    This sounds amazing! I love anything in one pan :).

  7. Rachel February 5, 2020 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    I love using my crockpot. I’ll have to add this to the rotation!

  8. Deborah Brooks February 5, 2020 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Quinoa and black beans are always a fantastic combo! Love chile in Adobo sauce and use it all the time. Spicier the better over here

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  11. Mary Ramirez February 9, 2018 at 7:30 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This was amazing! I served it in tortillas drizzled with enchilada sauce and sour cream on the side. My meat eating friends were blown away and never missed the meat. If I were making it just for myself, I would add much more chipotle pepper but using just one was safer for everyone’s palate. Definitely a keeper.

    • JulieWunder February 9, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know!

  12. Mary Ramirez February 8, 2018 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    ONE chipotle? Or one can????

  13. I never thought to make quinoa in the crockpot! Definitely want to try that…we love Mexican food here too!

  14. 5 stars
    Loving this vegetarian meal – so easy and has ALL of my favorites ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely something I could eat on at every meal and day after day without getting bored with it. So many topping and serving options – yum!

    • JulieWunder May 14, 2016 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Thank you! It’s such an easy dish to have in your arsenal too.

  15. GiGi Eats May 10, 2016 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Avocados are just the best. I don’t know I lived my life for so long WITHOUT THEM! HA! Now I can barely go 2 days without them!

    • JulieWunder May 14, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

      I feel the same way. I’ve been a little avocado crazy lately.

  16. Miz Helen May 10, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Easy and Flavorful that is my kind of recipe, it looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  17. Sharon May 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    4 stars
    Are you sure on the serving size? My daughter made this it’s really good however there is a huge amount of good.

  18. Farrah May 7, 2016 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Ah, you know I love healthy crockpot recipes–this looks amazing! :D!! I love all the colors!

  19. Annmarie May 6, 2016 at 8:47 am - Reply

    This looks fantastic! Love that you used quinoa!

  20. [email protected] May 5, 2016 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Yum! This dish sounds delicious. I love Mexican food so when there is a way to make it a bit healthier I like it even more.

  21. Lex @ Flecksoflex May 5, 2016 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    This looks and sounds so good! I love experimenting with different Latin flavors/spices, and LOVE that you added cilantro. It’s one of my favorites! If you have leftover cilantro and lime, you can make a nice, refreshing drink by adding a little of each to your water. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  22. Christina Bauer May 5, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I’m totally saving this recipe!! What a great, easy way to get a healthy and flavorful dinner on the table ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Carmy May 5, 2016 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    This looks delicious!! I didn’t have anything in particular to celebrate but I did have some grilled cheese haha

  24. rachel @ athletic avocado May 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    i totally forgot about my crockpot! I need to break that out again. This looks so delicious and simple, perfect for today ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JulieWunder May 9, 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Oh I never forget about my Crock Pot :-)) Hope you are having a nice Monday!!

  25. Susie @ Suzlyfe May 5, 2016 at 11:02 am - Reply

    I will likely be having yogurt or something equally hilarious for dinner tonight (thank you, moving), but I do have a jar of salsa that I could take a spoon to in honor of the holiday. This looks great!

    • JulieWunder May 9, 2016 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Hope you can settle in this week and get back to normal.

  26. Mary Jean Henson May 5, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Am making this today!

  27. I literally made almost the same exact thing last night in a skillet! Great minds think alike it was delish!

  28. Marilyn May 5, 2016 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Making this asap! Looks awesome!

  29. Blane Sherer May 5, 2016 at 5:46 am - Reply

    I thought you would have a Cinco De Mayo
    recipe today ( smile )

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